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David Anthony Bradt

PFC in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co B, 3rd Platoon


Born 1922 in MI, Died 1995


County of residence at enlistment: Montgomery County, MD
Other residence(s): recently in Chevy Chase, MD; Birmingham, MI
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: commercial artists
College education before the war: Chamberlain Vocational School in Washington, DC 2 years
Notes: Rank changed from PVT in GA roster to PFC per New York Area Leave List
Source: 603rd Camouflage Engineer Roster provided by W. Anderson; Company B Names and Addresses roster

David Bradt was born on March 7, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. He was adopted by Carl and Hazel Bradt circa 1923.

He graduated from Chamberlain Vocational School in Washington, DC with a major in commercial art on June 17, 1942. Two weeks later he filled out his draft card, stating a residence of Chevy Chase, MD where he was living with at least one parent.

He enlisted on October 2, 1942, stating that he had two years of college (presumably that was at Chamberlain) and was a commercial artist.

Shortly after many of the men of the Ghost Army returned stateside, he was involved with a big USO show in Hattiesburg, MS in October, 1945. He was in charge of the lighting; well-known GA vets Jack Masey and Bill Sayles worked on set design.

Bradt did not marry; he returned to Michigan after the war where he was recorded living in Birmingham, MI, living with his parents and working for an electronic service company. In 1950 he gave his occupation as an apprentice printer in display advertising.

He died on December 19, 1995 in Royal Oak, MI, and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham, MI.


1942 article in the Evening Star (Washington DC) showing he graduated from Chamberlain Vocational School

1942 Draft Card

1942 Enlistment Record

1945 article in the Hattiesburg American (MS) about USO show in Hattiesburg

1945 article about his wartime experience in the Hattiesburg American (MS)

City Directory

1950 census

1960 Birmingham MI city directory

1995 death notice

1995 VA Death Record

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